Paw & Order
In January 2018, in conjunction with Animal Justice, I began a new initiative – the Paw and Order podcast. Recorded with my co-host Camille Labchuk, this bi-weekly podcast explores all sorts of animal law issues, with the goal of shining a light on what’s wrong with animal cruelty in Canada.Every podcast explores a special topic of interest, and early episodes have focused upon federalism, whales in captivity and the perils of dog breeding. But there’s more! Each episode, we examine animal law news of interest and take questions from our listeners, trying to explain why animal laws fail our animals so badly. And no episode is complete without our rendition of Heroes and Zeroes, a chance to honour those who are doing great things for animals, while giving those who are failing them the dishonour they deserve.
April 16, 2021
Episode 77 of the Paw & Order podcast is co-hosted by Jessica Scott-Reid along with a special guest co-host, Kaitlyn Mitchell, who’s a staff lawyer at Animal Justice.
Jessica and Kaitlyn dive into pressing news involving animals, including an animal advocate being acquitted of a criminal charge after exposing horrific conditions at an Ontario fur farm, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere in the U.S. being charged under Iowa’s new ag gag law, Kaitlyn’s interview in the Winnipeg Free Press regarding ag gag bills in Manitoba, and Animal Justice filing a cruelty complaint after six hens were found alive on top of a pile of thousands of dead flock mates who were dumped in a Manitoba landfill.
For the main segment, Jessica interview Brittany Semeniuk, who’s an animal welfare consultant with the Winnipeg Humane Society. Together, they discuss Brittany’s role with the Winnipeg Humane Society, and the massive shift in public sentiment towards farmed animals and growing desire for their well-being. They also delve into the disturbing common practice of mass culls on farms, involving farmers killing off livestock when they are no longer profitable, and disposing of their bodies. This conversation comes on the heels of the rescue of six hens who survived a mass cull and were found still alive among a pile of dead hens in a Manitoba landfill, as mentioned in the news segment of the show.
The Hero of the episode is Saks Fifth Avenue for going fur-free! And the Zero goes to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada. This group rejected Animal Justice and Wolf Awareness’s request for special review of three painful poisons used to kill wildlife. This follows their recent decision to continue excluding “humaneness” considerations when they register these products for use in Canada.
To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.
To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.
To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.
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Translating Criminal Law - Rated G
Our new fun, family -friendly podcasts decodes the basics of criminal law for children
Besides his award-winning podcast “Paw and Order,” Peter has recently started a new, fun project to explain criminal law to a younger audience. In Translating Criminal Law: Rated G, Peter Sankoff co-hosts with his 11-year-old daughter Penny and learns tween secrets in return. In each 30 minute long episode, they explore basic elements of criminal law, rated G, so without any of the potential gore.
Each episode contains a Question of the Day from Penny, which her dad answers with the help of one—and just one—Big Word of the Day, a.k.a. a term commonly used in criminal law. He’s also permitted one Latin Word of the Day, because law is so rife with words from the classical language that many non-lawyers don’t understand. Once the day’s subject is explained, in more than a little detail, Sankoff quizzes Penny on the content of what she was just taught. Next, it is Penny’s turn to teach her dad about some of the tween secrets he is certainly clueless about, like the names and credentials of TikTok’s most famous current dance stars. If you’re a parent looking for a way to connect with your kids, this feature alone is worth tracking down the podcast.
The daddy-daughter team is planning to release a new episode every two weeks.
Also read their story published in the University of Alberta's Folio recently.
Peter explains the meaning of the word “retroactivity”, and answers Oscar’s questions about whether someone can be punished for breaking a law they were unaware of. Peter and Oscar review a few classic films, including The Return of the Pink Panther and Oscar talks about a few of his favorite games.
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